Elmer R. LaDuke, age 89, died peacefully at the Baldwin Care Center, surrounded by his family. From his birth on April 25th, 1929, to his death on July 16, 2018, he was a man of integrity who loved the Lord and his family. He was born in Mondovi, WI to Reid and Ada (Fleichauer) LaDuke and was the fourth of seven. After graduating from Mondovi High School in 1947, he served in the United States Army for two years. Before moving to St. Paul, MN in 1960, and working for the Unysis Company for 32 years, he worked for the Schlitz Brewing, Company in Milwaukee, WI and The Fischer Auto Body Company in the Chicago, IL area.
On November 12, 1960 he married Marjorie Joan Serum. They were truly each other’s soul mate and enjoyed doing everything together. They had two children, daughter, Sharon and son, Mark. The family loved spending time together, especially traveling on vacations. Elmer and Marge made a priority of attending the sporting events and activities of their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great- nieces and great-nephews. Elmer was a loving and devoted husband to Marge for 56 years.
Elmer enjoyed fishing, bowling, golfing, gardening, attending to his lawn, playing cards, and Bingo. He was a huge Twins and Vikings fan and enjoyed attending games and watching them on TV. He joked that he had a split family, half Viking fans and half Packer fans! He was very active in his church, Ezekiel Lutheran and was a member of the American Legion Post #121 of River Falls, WI.
Elmer was preceded in death by his wife, Marge; his parents, Reid and Ada; brothers, Roger LaDuke, Milton LaDuke, Roy LaDuke, Paul LaDuke; brothers-in-law, Donald Shea and David Serum; and sisters-in-law, Joyce LaDuke, Joyce LaDuke, and Marian LaDuke.
He will forever live in the hearts of his children, Sharon (Steve) Freitag, Baldwin, WI and Mark (Karen) LaDuke, St. Michael, MN; grandchildren, Lucas, Jadyn, Brianna and Joshua; brother, Ralph LaDuke; sister, Florence Shea; sister-in-law, Florence Leefeldt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bob and Meg Serum and Frank and Betty Vogler, and many loved nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services for Elmer will be 10:30am Monday, July 23, 2018 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 South 2nd St, River Falls, WI. Visitation will be 3:00-7:00pm on Sunday, July 22nd at the church and one hour prior to the services on Monday. Interment will be 2:00pm on Monday, July 23rd in Oak Park Cemetery, Mondovi, WI.
Services have been entrusted to O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home in River Falls, WI.